Lots of things tell us that Seoul has grown to be an international city, including more than 400,000 foreigners residing in the city and many foreigners naming it the most convenient city for conferences. But we still have a long to go. More international institutions or businesses should choose to make a presence and invest in the city.
Recently, there have been some achievements in this respect. The Metropolis International Institute, a leading international association with 171 member cities, signed an agreement with Seoul Metropolitan Government to open one of its training centers in Seoul by January 2014. The training center to be built in Seoul will be used to educate public officials of the member cities on the diverse methods of solving urban issues. Seoul will be able to help it based on its experience accumulated in sectors such as water supply, transportation, and urban management.
Tomorrow, the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center will be opened in Seoul. An MOU will be signed between Seoul Metropolitan Government and Siemens, which will open its Asia regional headquarters in charge of energy in Seoul. It will mean many advantages to the city such as the transfer of sophisticated technology and creation of high-quality jobs.
In this way, we are taking one step after another to make Seoul a genuinely international city. We will continue to make efforts toward that goal.